The Oroville Dam crisis is a long way from being over. The threat to life and property remains in place regardless of what Gov. Jerry Brown says.
As I reported on 2/14/2017, the National Weather Service is forecasting 7 straight days of rain beginning on February 16th. This is when the first determination will be made as to whether the dam will hold. Incredibly and irresponsibly, the decision was made to change the evacuation order from “an Imediate Evacuation Order to an Evacuation Warning“. Some people are reporting that the evacuation order has been lifted. Clearly, the reader can see that it has not been lifted (see the Butte County Sherrif’s tweet as published on Facebook, below).
Governor Jerry Brown has been a no-show until February 14, when his Water Resources Department issued a reduction in status of the previous evacuation order. This is a face-saving move designed to deflect attention away from the intense pressure generated by Paul Preston and myself on the office of the Governor. Paul and I have heard that statement multiple times in the last 24 hours. Previously, Brown stated that he would have no comment on the crisis.
On February 14, the two articles/podcast I generated drew almost 200,000 views on The Common Sense Show alone. Paul Preston and I were able to put attention where it belongs, which was squarely on a Governor who could care less about the welfare of 2 million residents who could be potentially impacted. You will hear Paul Preston mention the effectiveness of our exposure in the podcast located at the end of the article.
Below is an excerpt of a tweet from the Butte County Sheriff regarding the changing status of evacuation order.
For Immediate Release: February 14, 2017
Contact: (530) 871-9440
Butte County Sheriff’s Office to Reduce Immediate Evacuation Order to Evacuation Warning
Due to lower lake levels, further inspections, ongoing work to shore-up the Oroville Dam emergency spillway and updated weather forecasts, effective at 1:00 p.m. today, the Evacuation Order for the Oroville Dam Spillway Incident has been reduced to an Evacuation Warning. Any resident displaced by the evacuation may return home at 1:00 p.m.; however all residents are advised to remain vigilant and prepared as conditions can rapidly change. People who have special needs or require extended time to evacuate should consider remaining evacuated. EDITOR’S NOTE: THE PREVIOUS SENTENCE INDICATES THAT THIS CRISIS IS NOT OVER
An Evacuation Warning means the immediate threat has ended but the potential for an emergency remains and therefore residents must remain prepared for the possibility of an Evacuation Order….
If readers want to track the status of the situation as it relates to the Dam, contact the following: The Spillway Incident Public Information Line is (530) 872-5951. For a full list of state emergency and social media resources visit: http://www.oesnews.com/resources-for-oroville-dam-auxiliary… .
KCRA, Channel 3, Sacramento is reporting that although the evacuation order has been reduced in scope, the “Crisis is not over and there are a lot of unkowns”.
Although the Oroville Dam water levels have subsided by a few inches, and the water is no longer spiling over the top of the dam, the spillways remain damaged and it is questionable as to whether they will hold.
This is not about being right or wrong with a prediction of an impending catastrophe. This is about not gambling with the lives of 2 million people. The prudent thing to do would have consisted of evacuating the region in advance of the approaching storms to see what the dam was going to do. If Brown’s people have guessed wrong, this could be the worst disaster in American history. If the dam does hold and the interventions in addressing the failing status of the dam are successful, then the evacuated people could return home.
I know many who are self-evacuating today in advance of the storm. Shouldn’t the government also err on the side of caution? As Paul Preston put it, “I want to be wrong about my feeling that the dam could fail. If it does fail, I will lose my home and everything that I own”.
Here is my most recent interview with Paul Preston and it is very revealing. Remember, Paul wants to be wrong just as I do. It just seems that Gov. Jerry Brown could care less.
In the following interview, Paul Preston’s volume mysteriously kept droppiing.
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